Category Archives: Chefwear Style Guides

Take some quick tips from our style experts on how to design the perfect foodservice uniform. Find out what makes Chefwear special from the widest selection of colors and styles to the most 100% cotton choices on the market.

Add A Pop Of Color To Your Spring Wardrobe


As winter draws to a close and the signs of spring start to show; Bright blooming flowers, lush green grass, clear blue skies, it’s a great time to take a cue from nature and spruce up your chef uniform’s color palate. Chefwear offers chef jackets in over 40 different stocked colors (and more than 300 customizable options), but this season we are focusing on the brightest hues to add a little POP to your wardrobe.


Royal Blue – Royal Blue is part of Three-Star Chefwear Button collection. This bright color really stands out up against a dark pair of chef pants. Choose between a solid Black or a Black/Grey Pinstripe. For a little more flair choose Cowhide or Chantal Houndstooth.






Purple – Purple is featured in our Three-Star Long Sleeve Chefwear Button Chef Jacket and pairs well with our Berries or Vintage chef pants patterns. Try playing off of the hints of purple in our Sunflowerpattern for a more subtle combination or to really stand out, choose our Ultimate Pants in Carnivale. Add in one of our stylish chef hats and provide that extra touch of personality with a Classic Bib Apron.



Orange – Chefwear’s Traditional Organic Chef Jacket and Five- Star Windsor chef jackets come in Sweet Potato as well as our Three- Star Chefwear Button Chef Jacket styles in Burnt Orange.This bright color plays well off of the bold colors in Multi- Stripe chef pants. Other pattern choices such as: Mushrooms, Black Chile Pepper, and Carnivale all also bring out the boldness in an orange chef jacket.




Red– Red is the most popular color choice with Chefwear customers and is available in our Emperor, Sterling, Five-Star Lined, Windsor, and Three- Star Chefwear Button chef jackets, as well as the Skull Cap and Chefwrap. A red chef coat can really pull out the red toques in our Toque Stripe print. Hot Tomatoes,Utensils, and Snake Skin pants also look great when finished off with a red chef jacket. Or for some contrast, pair up a red top with any black and white pair of chef pants, like European Houndstooth,Arctic Camo, or Tribal Spirit.


Hot Pink– One of our most popular colors in our Three-Star Line. Hot Pink pairs well with Carnivale chef pants. This chef coat also compliments pants in Sunflower and Effervescence. Sport our Hot Pink chef jacket with some Black Chefwear Traditional Chef Pants to really make that pink pop.





Gold- Gold is available in long and short-sleeve versions of our Three Star Chefwear Button Chef Jacket. This color looks great with a Chefwear classic, Black Chile Pepper. The yellows hues inLemons pants work perfectly w/ Gold. Or for more regal combination try Pacific Rim Ultimate Chef Pants. Gold will also be a perfect fit with a pair of Mushroom pants.




Lime – A lime colored jacket is the perfect bright color for your Spring wardrobe. The true epitome of warmer days to come, this color comes in our Women’s Sterling Chef Jacket. A Black pair of chef pants will really make this chef coat stand out. Mix It Up and Pomegranate provide a nice combination for a little extra flair and personal style. Don’t forget to finish off your chef uniform with a chef hat and chef apron.

Fight Off The Winter Blues With Spring Styles

With the colder months slowly coming to an end, Chefwear offers the perfect way to fight offer the Winter blues by helping you choose new Spring styles so you are comfortable as the warmer months head our way. Whether you are looking to brighten your wardrobe or stock up on lightweight, short sleeve jacket and shirt options, Chefwear has exactly what you need to welcome in the sunshine.


Men’s Short Sleeve Executive Jacket paired withPerformance Pants. To keep things light, choose from our wide selection of 100% cotton chef pants. If you are looking for modern patterns, search our Ultimate or Baggy Pants for one that fits your personality.


The Five Star Lightweight Short Sleeve Chef Jacket is made with 100% cotton twill and offers the same high end look as any premier jacket but stands up to the rigors of the kitchen. We offer this same style of jacket in both our Four Star and Three Star coat styles.


The Women’s Five Star Seersucker Chef Jacket is the perfect choice to let in a warm Spring breeze. The lightweight material and short sleeves will keep you cool as the snow melts and the temperatures rise. This jacket is also available in our men’s line.


Our Lightweight Performance Shirt is designed especially for keeping you cool and dry as the warmer months approach. Made out of a polyester poplin with mesh underarms, this jacket will help you chase away the winter blues and embrace the sunshine.


Our Ripstop Chef Shirt packs comfort and durability into one style. Made with a lightweight polyester ripstop, match this modern shirt with a pair of our Low Rise Boot Cut Chef Pants. For more lightweight shirt options, search our chef shirt department.


Spring is in the air with our wide selection of pant patterns. As flowers and vegetables start to blossom, don’t be afraid to embrace the warm weather with our Ultimate Chef Pants in Veggies or Sunflower or, as shown above, Pomegranite in the Baggy Chef Pants.


Get The Most For Your Dollar


With the first day of the year in our rear view mirror, restaurants begin to examine their 2014 uniform budget. With pressure mounting to save as much money as possible, we have put together a few cost-saving tips to help dress your kitchen in quality, stylish culinary apparel for the best price. Our Four-Star line offers a special value in the form of both durability and comfort that ensure your restaurant uniform investment will last for years to come.

Our Four-Star Chef Jackets are the perfect mix of comfort and durability at an affordable price. Each chef jacket is made with a cotton/poly blend, which provides the right amount of protection with a lighter feel. As well as a airy more durable feel, the blended fabric makes these chef coats easy to maintain and will hold up to the demands of working in a kitchen.

With 10 different styles available, the Four-Star Chef Jackets offer design options, which doesn’t nail you down to one type of chef jacket and opens the door to choose a chef coat better fit for the theme of your restaurant. You can dress your Executive Chef in our Four-Star Executive Jacket, which is based off our popular Premier Executive Jacket and the rest of your kitchen staff in aFour-Star Asymmetrical Jacket or Four-Star Cloth-Knot Button Jacket. Prices start at $30.95.


Along with our Four-Star Chef Jackets, we carry a line of Four-Star Chef Pants in the Traditional PantUltimate Pant andWomen’s Low-Rise Pant. These chef pants are similar to their 100-percent cotton counterparts in regards to features and fit, but showcase a cotton/poly blend which provides a more durable feel that stands up to the rigors of long hours at the restaurant. Prices start at $25.95.


To complete your look, consider a Three-Star Chef Apron. These kitchen aprons are made of a stain-resistant poly/cotton twill blend, which provides a basic fit for everyone. Our Three-Star Chef Aprons come in both bib and waist versions as well as different length and style options. Prices start at $8.95.

With a new budget available, we provide chef uniform options that promise to stand the test of time at a reasonable price. The Four-Star Chef Jackets and Chef Pants as well as the Three-Star Chef Aprons provide durability mixed with comfort that is sure to please your kitchen staff as well as perform time-and-time again.

Dress Your Best For New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve gives us all a reason to head out and enjoy a night on the town with some of our most favorite people. The night allows us to eat and drink while toasting to the beginning of a new year. Whether you are putting on your fanciest dress and heading out as a party attendee or playing host to a room full of guests, Dec. 31 gives everyone the opportunity to put on their best and celebrate

Chefwear’s Premier Jackets are the perfect choice for chefs who are hosting events during the last week of the year. Constructed out of high end cotton, these jackets have a traditional, classic design that provides wearers with a sophisticated look. Don’t worry ladies, we have top of the line premier jackets that compliment a women’s figure. Fully customizable, you can dress your jacket up with the addition of piping along the cuffs, collar and lapel as well as personalized embroidery.

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Looking for a complete outfit for the biggest part night of the year, learn more ways to dress up your chef uniform by adding special features like piping and choosing the right pair of chef pants to dance the night away in.

Looking For Something Different? Try Our Performance Line


Chefwear’s collection of active wear, just like clothing for athletes, was designed to keep chefs comfortable, cool and dry through the use of moisture management technology. Chefwear has always developed culinary apparel that is not only comfortable, but fashionable and stylish. These designs utilize fabrics that meet your needs for your clothing to perform while in the kitchen.

Athletic Jacket

Chefwear’s Athletic Jacket is the perfect modern and sporty look that active chefs are looking for. Ribbing at the collar and cuffs gives this jacket a fresh feel that would transition perfectly from inside the kitchen to a night out on the town. Made with a lightweight polyester/spandex knit fabric, the Athletic Jacket is soft to the touch but still provides protection from spills and splashes.


Yoga Pants

Our new and improved Women’s Yoga Fusion Pants are designed to give chefs maximum comfort while performing the hardest of tasks. Designed with a lightweight polyester/spandex knit fabric, these chef pants will bend with your body’s natural movement without leaving you feeling constricted and uncomfortable.

Athletic Pants

Chefwear’s Athletic Pants provide a sleek look for chefs on the go. Light, airy and soft to the touch, these chef pants can easily go from the gym to the kitchen to lounging around the house after a long night at work. Made with a lightweight polyester/spandex knit fabric, you are still provided with the protection you need and the comfort you desire.

Performance Pants

Chefwear redesigned its Performance Pants to meet the needs of chefs everywhere. Now crafted with polyester ripstop fabric, these pants stand up to the rigors of the kitchen. Not only extremely durable, but these pants feature mesh vents at the backs of the knees for added comfort and six deep pockets for extra storage.


Ventilated Jacket Options

With the heat of the kitchen reaching scorching temperatures on a regular basis, Chefwear created a series of ventilated jackets for maximum airflow all day long. Our Premier Flo JacketFive-Star and Four-Star Vented Jacket are designed with cotton rich fabrics and feature mesh inserts both under the arms and on the back.

Mesh and Wicking Skull Cap

With most of your body’s heat leaving through the top of your head, a required chef hat tends to keep you hot while on the job. Chefwear carries a 100% cotton Mesh Skull Cap with a 100% polyester mesh top that allows heat to escape easily. We also feature a Wicking Skully, which is made of 100% polyester and utilizes moisture-wicking technology which helps keep your head cool.

Why Wear 100% Cotton


When founder Rochelle Huppin laid the foundation for Chefwear, the biggest component on her road to success was providing comfortable chef pants in a market where chef uniforms were designed using 100% polyester and heavy polyester blends. With the introduction of her 100% cotton baggy chef pants, a new trend was born. From there, Chefwear has continued to create soft, breathable styles made with 100% cotton in all categories. We believe a happy chef is a comfortable chef.

Along with a soft, breathable touch and feel, cotton offers numerous advantages that make our 100% cotton styles desirable.


Cotton is super absorbent and easy to wash

The natural fibers present in cotton allow for better circulation. This helps to absorb moisture and heat to keep your body cool and dry while working in the hot kitchen. The majority of Chefwear’s chef pants are designed using a lightweight, 100% cotton fabric. We offer different styles and fits for every body type including the widest selection of women’s choices

Cotton is a fiber that becomes stronger when saturated. Stains do not bind to the fibers of your chef jackets or chef pants, which makes those garments easy to wash. If properly cared for, these pieces of clothing are ready to wear right out of the dryer. You can choose from two 100% cotton jacket categories, Premier and 5-Star. Premier chef jackets are crafted with high-end cotton while 5-star chef jackets are designed with cotton twill.

Cotton is biodegradable

Cotton is considered a renewable resource and during processing, less than 10% of the fiber is considered waste. You can also choose organic cotton such as our 5-Star Traditional Organic Jacket, which uses no pesticides during the growing process and is even better for the environment.

Cotton is hypoallergenic

Because cotton is hypoallergenic and dust-mite resistant, cotton is the best choice for people who suffer from allergies or have extremely sensitive skin that is easily irritated. Chefwear chef hats are all 100% cotton unless otherwise specified, but this is beneficial to any chef as heat easily leaves through the top of your head rather than being trapped.

Because cotton is hypoallergenic and dust-mite resistant, cotton is the best choice for people who suffer from allergies or have extremely sensitive skin that is easily irritated. Chefwear chef hats are all 100% cotton unless otherwise specified, but this is beneficial to any chef as heat easily leaves through the top of your head rather than being trapped.

Cotton is soft

When wearing cotton, it feels very light on the skin. It doesn’t rub in the wrong ways or leave you feeling itchy. Cotton is soft when it’s picked in the fields, so when transferred to an article of clothing, that quality follows. There are different types of cotton that might make one version feel softer than the other, (think about high count bed sheets), but in the end, cotton in general is soft to the touch. Even after a few washes, a cotton twill will feel just as soft as a royal Pima cotton.

Top Product Features

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Chefwear continues to provide you with special design features to not only keep you comfortable in the kitchen but make you feel fashionable and stylish. With over 600 items in stock, our design team has broken down some of our most popular elements and to help with your purchasing decision.


  • Mesh

Chefwear utilizes light-weight, 100% polyester mesh material to provide a variety of our styles of chef pants and chef jackets with an extra level of breathability. The use of mesh venting is the perfect combination of sweat-free comfort and moisture control to help keep you cool, dry and comfortable.

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    • The caped back of the Flo Jacket is lined with mesh and covered with a 6.2 oz. poly/viscose
    • blend for optimal venting.
    • A mesh insert is featured on both the Five-Star Vented Jacket and the Four-Star Lightweight Vented Jacket that starts in-between the shoulder blades and meets at a point right above the waistline.
    • Mesh venting is covered with a placket of lightweight polyester ripstop fabric at the backs of the knees of ourPerformance pants.
  • Sewn

Keyhole sewn underarm vents are placed under each arm of a variety of jackets from our Premier line to our Four-Star line. These keyhole sewn underarm vents provide an extra level of breathability and help keep you comfortable in the hottest of environments as well as add a nice decorative feature to the chef jackets.


  • 100% Cotton

Use of a higher cotton content, from premium cotton fabrics to cotton twills, makes our apparel the softest and most comfortable choice. Our Premier Jacket and Five-Star Jacket lines and the majority of our chef pants are made of 100% cotton. These choices give our garments a lighter feel a more breathable quality while allowing you to be more mobile.

  • Cotton Blends

For a more durable blend but one that still possesses a soft, airy feel, we use a 60/40 cotton blend. The added polyester provides the garment with a little extra grit and after a few washes will be just as soft as our 100% cotton styles. Chefwear offers cotton blends on our Four-Star Jacket and Pant Lines.

  • Poly Blends

Our most durable options are strong is polyester blends. The poly-rich fabric breaths exceptionally well and provides extra protection while working all day in the hot kitchen. Although a heavier fabric choice, the thickness of the fabric leaves the garment less susceptible to every day wear and tear. Poly blends are available in our Three-Star Jacket and Apron lines as well as our Athletic Pants, Yoga Fusion Pants and Athletic Jacket.

  • 100% Polyester

Chefwear provides lightweight polyester options which give our customers a variety of choices that are breathable while also being durable. Strong polyester ripstop protects the garments from tearing, with a focus on stopping small tears from turning into big tears. For lightweight 100% polyester options try out Performance Pants or Ripstop Shirt which utilizes the ripstop fabric or the Performance Shirt.

Fabric Textures:


  • Waffle

The use of the waffle fabric, or often referred to as the honeycomb fabric, not only adds texture to the garment but makes the style extremely absorbent. Along with extra absorbency, the weave allows more air flow which in turn helps the fabric dry more quickly. The waffle texture is featured on our Premier Monarch Jacket.

  • Bird’s Eye Pique



The use of the pique fabric provides the garment with a very high-end look and feel. The raised, distinct pattern is crafted in a tiny diamond shape and much like the waffle weave is extremely absorbent. Our Premier Ambassador Jacketshowcases the bird’s eye pique.

  • Seersucker



Seersucker is a common all-cotton fabric that is most popular during the spring and summer months. The weave provides this fabric with a natural wrinkled look which increases air circulation and makes it easy to care for. The seersucker texture is available in both men’s and women’s Five-Star Seersucker Jacket.

Care Instructions


Long days in the kitchen can be grueling on both you and your restaurant uniform. Just like any article of clothing, there are specific care instructions to follow to ensure you get the most out of your foodservice apparel. Below are some helpful tips to help get the longest life out of your Chefwear garments.

To start, make sure you try each garment on and take a good look at the fabric blend associated with that article of clothing. As you know, a 100% cotton will shrink more than a polyester.


Machine wash, inside out, in warm water. Keep like colors together such as white chef jackets with other white garments, black chef pants with dark colors, and bright 3-star jackets with other bright colors.

When washing our 100% cotton, Premier Jackets, avoid adding anything to the pile that is made of denim or has zippers or Velcro.

Note: Avoid washing with cotton towels or fleece items.



Do not bleach your white garments.



Do not hang dry. Tumble dry on low heat and remove promptly.


If your garments aren’t heavily soiled, wash and dry on low. The less heat your garments are exposed to, the longer the colors will  stay vibrant and the fibers intact.

Note: Do not use liquid fabric softener, drier sheet, dual pods or combination detergent/softener with any of our performance products as it coats the technical fabric and inhibits the performance capabilities.



Iron on medium or high heat, but do not iron directly over embroidery or screen prints. Protect the customization with an old pillowcase or sheet. Turn the iron down to low because the embroidery thread is 100% polyester.


Dry Clean


Do not dry clean. The process will greatly reduce the life of your garment.

Spice Up Your Wardrobe With Fall Colors


As we transition out of the hot months, Autumn brings light breezes and menus being switching from light and refreshing to warm and comforting. It is the perfect time of year to add earthy, warm tones to your wardrobe as you embrace the Fall weather. Chefwear offers four styles from our chef jacket collection that feature colors from Stone to Burnt Orange.


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One of the best parts of moving into cooler weather is comfortably sporting a light jacket or hooded sweater. Our Athletic Jacket is the perfect combination of being light and comfortable while providing the protection that you need. This modern chef jacket is based off today’s popular athletic jacket designs with ribbing at the cuffs and collar and a zip up front.



The Traditional Organic Jacket is designed with sustainable organic cotton for both men and women. Both versions of these chef coats are dyed in Earth-inspired colors like Smoke, Chile, Sweet Potato and Stone to spice up your Autumn-wear.



Luxurious brushed cotton gives the Windsor Jacket a distinctive elegant and vintage look. Tailored with a slim fit, this chef jacket is available in Fall inspired colors such as: Olive, Steel Blue, Sweet Potato and Bark.



Colors such as Olive, Burnt Orange, Red and Purple make the Three-Star Plastic Button Jacket a great choice for your Fall ensemble. Durable poly/cotton fabric will make this chef jacket ready to go every time the leaves start to fall for many seasons to come.

New Style Breakdown – Nashville

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Chefwear garnered success in the late 80s and early 90s by thinking outside of the box. Founder and pastry chef, Rochelle Huppin sold her first pair of chef pants by understanding the needs of chefs everywhere. Since, Chefwear has continued to uphold the importance of innovation and value the opinions of our most loyal customers. With the release of 2013 catalog series, shot in Nashville, TN, we are proud to introduce new and improved styles along with fresh, exciting and fashion-fowards options.


For a young, modern chef that is always on the go, our new Athletic Pants are just what you need. Made of a stretching, wicking fabric in an athletic cut, these chef pants help maximize movement and keep you comfortable while working in the kitchen.

Only available in black, these chef pants pair well with all of our chef jackets, especially those in our Short Sleeve Three-Star Chefwear Logo Button Line.



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For a modern, sporty look, Chefwear has introduced anAthletic Jacket made with a polyester/spandex knit fabric. An asymmetrical placket along with ribbing at the cuffs, collar and back help this chef jacket take on the special features of athletic wear. A zipper closure in the front is paralleled by slant pockets at the hips.

To complete your athletic look, pair the Athletic Jacket with the Athletic Pants or choose any of our famous fits and styles to help keep you looking and feeling great all day long.



Our Performance Pants have taken on a new level of durability and functionality. Now designed with 100% polyester ripstop (compared to a 100% cotton ripstop), these chef pants will survive some of the worst kitchen mishaps. The addition of a wicking and stain-repellant finish along with mesh venting at the backs of the knees will keep the moisture out and help you to stay cool in the kitchen.

Pair these new and improved chef pants with our Four-Star Vented Chef Jacket, which features mesh venting under the arms and a mesh-slit down the back.



Redesigned with your feedback, the Women’s Yoga Fusion Pants are now made with a heavier polyester/spandex fabric for extra durability in the kitchen. Featuring a wicking and anti-odor finish, these chef pants still hold true to the original design which allows for freedom of movement while working.

Available in Black, Navy and Platinum, our Yoga Fusion Chef Pants look exceptional with the Women’s Nouveaux Jacketand Women’s Empress Jacket. To finish your look, choose one of our new Linen Bib Aprons.



Lightweight polyester ripstop and a wicking and stain-resistant finish, help make the New Ripstop Shirt a perfect solution for the hottest of kitchens. Showcasing a boxy cut, this new shirt will keep you cool and comfortable whether you are working in the front of the house or the back of the house.

Choose between our Ultimate PantsBaggy Pants or Cargo Pants to finish your look.




Our New Performance Shirt is designed with a 4 oz. polyester poplin fabric with mesh sides. The addition of a wicking and anti-odor finish keeps the moisture out and helps you stay dry.This chef shirt looks great on your chef in the kitchen, a bartender, or someone on your waitstaff.

Choose a pair of Performance Pants, Traditional Pants, or ourCargo Shorts to wear with this shirt.